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Position Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

Plan and Design new transmission lines and modifications using transmission procedures,
guidelines, standards, sound engineering practices, and sound safety practices.

Participate in the development of physical layout, scope, and cost estimates for projects.

Develop and verify project structural designs for adequacy, and adherence to appropriate
standards & codes. These practices include, but are not limited to environmental and safety

Design physical layout, site design, access roads, site preparation, drainage, foundations and
superstructures for substations and transmission lines.

Select material and equipment for design consistency and efficient installation.

Provide technical support to internal customers and other internal departments.

Prepare comprehensive written and oral reports of problems, investigative findings, and
engineering recommendations.

Prepare project specifications, and develop procedures and technical documents.

Develop cost effective and safe solutions to design requirements.

Participate in project estimating and economic analysis.

Coordinate with design consultants, and interface with in-house design staff.

Actively participate on multiple project teams.

Support Environmental and other permitting efforts.

Development of Standards.

Good working knowledge of industry standards, safety standards, and current design codes.

Proficient office computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

Ability to physically navigate on foot in and around an electrical substations and along
transmission right of ways.

The ability and knowledge to troubleshoot / problem solve safe solutions.

Must be able to travel overnight outside normal work area as needed.

Must be able to work overtime including nights/holidays/weekends for emergencies or other

special events.

Must have a valid drivers license with safe driving history.

Knowledge of the following is required:

Soil Mechanics

Foundation design

Reinforced concrete design

Structural analysis

Structural steel design

The fundamentals of surveying

Knowledge of the following would be beneficial:

Substation construction and maintenance techniques.

The correct applications of heavy equipment

Electric utility operation practices

Station materials

Detailing structural components

ANSI, ASTM, EPA, OHSA, ASCE, AISC, ACI, IBC, and the NYS Building Code

Storm water / Drainage analysis and design

Preferences for Current Position:

New York State Professional Engineers License ( or ability to obtain within 1 yr)

3 to 5 years work experience

FE exam complete for Engineer with at least 4 years work experience

Master's degree considered for 1 year work experience

Desire to live in Beautiful Upstate New York.

Knowledge of Bentley MicroStation, AUTO-CAD, PLS-CADD, STAAD-Pro or other similar design

software tools


Prepares standards, equipment specifications, design procedures, test



Performs power system studies such as protective relay coordination, fault

studies, load flows, service reliability, power quality, voltage stability, power system
market operations and settlement studies, etc.;


Prepares engineering design and develops drawings and other documents for
generation, transmission, distribution, substations and SCADA/EMS.


Prepares circuit maps, control diagrams, charts, data bases, and plans for
different electrical facilities.


Provide assistance to all classes of customers, developers, and to other City

Departments on technical matters relevant to electric utility services


Provide technical and financial inputs for projects in electric utility planning and
budget process


Investigate and analyze engineering design problems; develop appropriate

solutions; draft reports and make presentations



Prepares safety procedures for electric facilities

Assist in efforts to keep up with the latest developments in the utility industry, to
meet North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC), Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission (FERC), Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and Texas Public Utility
Commission (TX PUC) standards and regulatory requirements.
Work closely with field personnel to support project energization.

Responsibilities- Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:

May provide leadership, work assignments, evaluation, training, and guidance to others.

Skills and

Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience

and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable

accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be


Knowledge of engineering design principles applicable to electric utility

operations such as, generation, transmission, distribution, market
operations and other related fields.

Knowledge of advanced mathematical techniques such as

trigonometry, calculus, and coordinate geometry.

Knowledge of engineering standards, codes, practices, procedures,

materials, and equipment used in the design, construction, and operation of
the electric utility systems.

Knowledge of established engineering principles and methods.

Knowledge of preparation of cost estimates and engineering and

feasibility reports.

Ability to perform more complex engineering calculations and to

analyze engineering problems.

Knowledge of regulatory requirements within the local and state

ordinances and laws.

Skill in oral and written technical and/or general communication

including preparation of written reports.

Skill in negotiations and handling conflict resolution.

Knowledge of City of Austin purchasing and contract policies and

Job duties:
Design or assist in the design of various transmission and
distribution line projects. Activities shall include, but not be
limited to the following:
1. Preliminary design and budgetary estimate for projects
ranging from 115kV to 500kV to include planning and

desing for new lines, relocations, upgrades and fiber optic

2. Develop material lists in Excel spreadsheets
3. Develop structure framing structure details, to include
specifying all parts, hardware, insulators and grounding
details for different pole materials, such as steel, round
wood or laminated wood.
4. Be familiar with environmental and licensing processes and
how to coordinate issues in the transmission line design
5. Site new transmission line and be able to coordinate and
asses the impacts of real estate, licensing and
environmental constraints on the overall engineering
6. Develop project schedule that incorporates all facets of
design, client reviews, licensing and all other activities for
successful project completion
7. Develop plan & profile drawings under your direction.
8. Develop a complete design package that incorporates all
necessary details for construction, such as work lists,
construction staking table, stringing sag charts, etc.
9. Develop material and construction specifications
10. Engineering calculations to assure safety and
performance of equipment and systems.
11. Coordinating equipment delivery and design engineering
to meet construction schedules.
12. Assist in checking completed job for adequacy of design
and documentation.
Monitor the construction of transmission line project to ensure
compliance with plans and specifications. Activities may
include, but not be limited to, the following:
a) Act as Resident Engineer on projects of any magnitude.
b) Safety and Security Observes safety and security
procedures; Determines appropriate action beyond guidelines;
Reports potentially unsafe
conditions; Uses equipment
and materials properly.
c) Interpret complex plans and specifications and apply
available information to ensure that all project design
requirements are satisfied.

d) Maintain familiarity with appropriate engineering and

construction codes and ensure compliance with all codes.
e) Assist in preparation and/or monitoring of complex
construction schedules to ensure timely completion of the
f) Assist in on-site design or investigation work to ensure
adequacy of contractors methods.
Assist with complex economic analyses of engineering
Assist with the preparation of reports and feasibility
Serve as project engineer or project manager on assigned
Promote efficient flow of information and ensure complete
and accurate record keeping.
Be familiar with the Companys drawing system and design
and construction standards as well as applicable industry
codes and practices.
Shall keep informed of current developments in the area of
May assist in the professional development, training, and
evaluation of departmental personnel.
Perform other department duties as required.

Required Skills
Shall be a Civil Engineer - Electrical Engineer, or the
equivalent, with at least 1 to 5 years experience in the
transmission engineering field; and, should be EIT-certified with
the ability to be certified as a professional engineer as soon as
eligible. Familiarity with industry codes standards and practices
for electric utility practice. Interpersonal and communication
skills. Demonstrated initiative and ability to lead. Attention to
detail. Proficiency with Power Line and Structure modeling for
computer aided and design development.

Required Experience
PLS-CADD and associated modules (POLE, TOWER), Excel,
MFAD or Lpile, NESC. Knowledge in ACI, ASCE Pole manual,
AISC Steel manual preferred, but not required.
EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Major Duties &


1. Provides specialized and technical expertise for high voltage transmission

engineering processes by delivering professional engineering and design
services to customers, engineers, architects, contractors and staff;
conducting advanced system design review, including reviewing and
verifying transmission installations, operation and maintenance; conducting
reviews and verification of code compliance; reviewing engineering and
construction documents; operating advance computer models and
performing simulations to optimize transmission systems; and providing
technical assistance and training to engineers, vendors, contractors and
design professionals on existing or planned SMUD equipment.
2. Conducts economic and technical feasibility studies of transmission
systems by determining the optimal layout of high voltage transmission
facilities, including project installation costs, overall life cycle maintenance
costs, and minimizing required transmission equipment design and
installation to meet adopted and required codes; reviewing and approving
design criteria, technical proposals and equipment specifications;
monitoring, communicating and overseeing the resolution of project
technical, budget and schedule issues; and reviewing and
approving work performed by others in the grid assets business segment.
3. Monitors and supervises project implementation by providing training,
project management services and inspection assistance for feasibility
studies, design projects; and by inspecting and commissioning services for
high voltage transmission systems and equipment.
4. Plans, coordinates, prioritize, monitors, guides, reviews and conducts
work activities associated with department internal/external projects in
accordance with established task objectives and schedule as outlined in the
project plan/contract.
5. Directs the activities of contractors, technical consultants and staff and
monitors their activities and work products for adequacy and compliance with
contract terms and related project schedules and milestones.
6. Assists in developing transmission standards by conducting technology
reviews; analyzing existing system designs; conducting performance

verification; preparing program presentations; and coordinating activities with

other related SMUD departments and outside organizations.
7. Assists SMUDs Environmental Health and Safety department with
conducting environmental impact studies by providing technical expertise
and exhibits for project environmental review as required by the California
Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Supports the review of project proposals
from local agencies as they are made available in the CEQA Clearinghouse.
8. Works with SMUDs Real Estate department to evaluate proposed
encroachments into the SMUD Transmission line rights of way.
9. Provides for customer satisfaction with programs and services by
preparing and reviewing the preparation of numerous documents, including
reports, calculations and analyses, designs, contracts, cost estimates,
educational and factual materials and oral presentations; conveying
technical data; promoting and marketing SMUD programs; and answering
questions and providing solutions, recommendations and training for
customers, consumers, contractors, vendors and trade allies and the Board
of Directors, staff and management.
10. Maintains knowledge of current practices and codes in transmission
system design, including Title 8 General Orders (GO 95, GO 128, GO 165,
others as needed), NESC and other state-of-the-art and emerging
technologies with potential application for SMUD and customer projects.



Education: BS degree from an accredited college majoring in engineering or
related discipline.
Experience: 7 to 10 years of progressively responsible relevant work
experience in professional engineering and technical activities with
significant experience designing, constructing and/or operating high voltage
transmission systems; preparing or interpreting design drawings,
specifications and manuals; supervising technical programs and projects;
using computer applications for technical design and analysis.
Experience in the design construction of energy efficiency systems for
buildings; supervising the work of project teams of engineers and technical
specialists in the efficient design and analysis of buildings and/or industrial
processes and/or major energy-using systems; and the design and/or
analysis of facilities for energy efficiency.
KNOWLEDGE OF: principles and techniques of budgeting and project
planning; techniques of data collection and analysis; concepts and principles
related to implementing problem solutions; techniques of cost estimating and
economic analysis; federal, state and local laws, codes, standards and
regulations pertaining to compliant design and practice; principles of
transmission line design and mechanics of materials; types of equipment
used in transmission design, construction and operation and associated
limitations; analysis and computer applications for designing systems;
standard design procedures and construction documents; civil and electrical

test equipment; construction observation; principles of contract and project

management; procedures and practices for monitoring and managing
projects; safety policies, practices and procedures; English grammar,
punctuation and vocabulary standards.
SKILL TO: lead professionals in complex projects; manage multiple projects
and programs; independently review and assess technical issues and
regulations; compile and prepare technical, statistical and/or analytical
reports and presentations; manage and oversee the work of project
engineers, technical staff, contract personnel and consultants to provide
technical design strategies and review of transmission systems; instruct staff
and design professionals on design and installation of transmission systems
and equipment; prepare drawings, specifications, proposals, contracts and
case studies; observe construction electrical, civil and other project systems;
use test and monitoring equipment; communicate effectively orally and in
writing internally/externally; establish and maintain effective working
relationships internally/externally.


It is desirable for the candidate to hold an MS Degree in a relevant

discipline. It is desirable that the candidate have experience in transmission
line modeling software such as PLS-CADD or Sag10.

Primary Responsibilities
Work collaboratively on a team environment to understand scope, prepare deliverables, and
provide project updates.
Perform cost effective designs based on industry, company, and/or client standards.
Generate design criteria, reports, design verifications, and clearance tables for PLS-CADD.
Build and modify pole and tower models for PLS-CADD design.
Develop construction assembly drawings, material selection, and structure loading packages for
submittal to vendors.
Develop construction specification packages that include drawings, one lines, phasing, and
standard installation specifications.
Travel out of town for short periods of time as required by projects and assignments
Attend external and internal meetings to support processes.

Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, or related field
At least 3-10 years experience designing and engineering transmission lines between 69kV and
Proficient in PLS-CADD, PLS-Pole and PLS-Tower
Knowledge of MFAD, LPILE, and NESC requirements as well as NESC, ASCE, IEEE, and RUS
design standards